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F1 Canadian Grand Prix: Hulkenberg calm over late Alonso move

Nico Hulkenberg was not overly annoyed that he lost a place late in the Canadian Grand Prix due to a move by Fernando Alonso
Nico Hulkenberg was not overly annoyed that he lost a place late in the Canadian Grand Prix due to a move by Fernando Alonso.

At the Turn 10 hairpin on the penultimate lap, Alonso made a strong attempt to pass Hulkenberg but forced both cars wide, allowing Jenson Button through ahead of both of them. While Hulkenberg managed to re-pass Alonso on the back straight, he said inheriting two further positions on the final lap balanced out being jumped by Button.

“It has been a very busy race for me, so to come away with ten points and a fifth place is a good result,” Hulkenberg said. “I gained some positions at the end due to the crash between Sergio and Massa but lost one to Jenson when I was in a battle with Alonso, but we were always going to finish in the points regardless.”

Hulkenberg also said that Force India's one stop strategy made the race even tougher from a driver's point of view but believes it was the right way to go.

“The safety car at the start didn't help me as it allowed those on supersoft tyres to stretch their stints. Being on a different strategy from everyone else meant I always had someone pushing close behind me: it was fun, but also very challenging, especially towards the end of the race as I had quite a long stint on the supersoft tyres.

“Stopping only once I had a bigger challenge managing the tyres compared to the two-stoppers, but I think we got the right reward for it. I think it was the fastest strategy for us today and to be the only two cars to manage a one-stopper is definitely a positive."




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